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Tech and business news from around the region. WebSource Media sold Inc. of Atlanta has bought Houston-based WebSource Media LLC, a Web services provider for small and medium-sized businesses. The former owners of WebSource Media will get the opportunity to earn up to 1 million shares of’s common stock and up to $8.2 million in cash, subject to attaining certain revenue growth and profitability milestones that scale upwards over the next three years. Inc., formerly Interland Inc., is a Web hosting and online services provider.

LANrev upgrades software

Addison-based LANrev released version 3.0 of LANrev Network Management Software for heterogeneous networks.

LANrev 3.0 adds to the LANrev cross-platform architecture over 50 new features, including Macintosh imaging, Windows Patch Management.

LANrev 3.0 includes LANrev Image Live technology, allowing administrators to deploy complete disk images to remote Mac computers even while those computers are in use. This means that complete disk imaging can be deployed “live” without any interruption to the end-user.

McRee new Claimsnet president

Dallas-based has named Kent McRee president. McRee replaces Don Crisbie, who will continue as chairman and CEO.

Most recently McRee was president of Resource Knowledge Management L.L.C. in Dallas, a sales, marketing and business development consulting firm for the health care industry. is a provider of Internet-based ASP electronic claim processing services for the health care payer industry.

IT worker confidence declines

The Hudson Employment Index for IT workers edged down 1.1 points to 108.8 in May. A significant decrease in the number of workers who believed their finances were improving contributed to the decline in IT worker confidence. However, that was offset by an increase in the number of workers satisfied with their jobs. Despite the decline, the latest reading is considerably higher than last May, when it registered 93.2.

The composite index also fell 5.4 points to 102.3. The work force was less satisfied with their finances in May, as the percent rating their situation as excellent or good fell from 45 percent in April to 43 percent.

Unotron releases washable keyboard

Dallas-based Unotron Inc. launched its IP66 and NEMA4X certified Washable Wireless Computer Keyboards. Featuring Unotron’s SpillSeal technology, the product allows for complete up-and-down finger motion that mirrors natural typing, endures repeated disinfecting, and eliminates the need to frequently replace keyboards.

Unotron’s Washable Wireless Computer Keyboards are compatible with all PCs, including desktops, laptops, workstations and servers, as well as all healthcare and dental carts and platforms.

BSA releases piracy data

Data from the Business Software Alliance, a group that is funded by and represents software developers, indicates that companies in the United States lost nearly $7 billion in 2005 due to software piracy.

For the second year in a row, more than 20 percent of the packaged software installed on personal computers in the United States was stolen, according to the Washington, D.C.-based BSA. While the rate remains lower than all other countries included in the study, the total economic loss of $6.9 billion was the highest in the world.

Globally, software piracy rates increased in 2005. Thirty-five percent of software installed on personal computers around the world last year was illegal, the BSA survey indicates, amounting to $34 billion in global losses, an increase of about $1.6 billion over 2004 figures.

Tyler Tech to serve Frisco

Tyler Technologies Inc. has landed a contract to provide financial software and services for the Dallas suburb of Frisco. The nearly $1 million contract includes financial, human resources, revenue and productivity software, as well as professional services and annual maintenance and support.

Dallas-based Tyler Technologies provides information management software and services to local governments.

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